LASSA FEVER

lassa fever

Lassa fever…. What I need to know.

His posting letter to Borno state was received with mixed feelings in the family. Though happy that their son can now put on the highly coveted khaki trouser and shirt like every other graduate in the country, the fear of having to go to a very distant land scared his parents. Stephen, the only son of his parents could not but persuade his parents to have faith in God since the NYSC had assured all corps members of adequate security. He set out for the journey that was to change his perspective about the country and the world. At the camp, the news broke out that there was a killer disease in town, a disease that had killed more health workers than any other disease in the country as at that time. Lassa fever.

Up until that time, Stephen had never heard the word before. He wondered what kind of disease would have made the directors at the federal ministry of health and national orientation agency to have risk their precious lives by coming to the camp to give lectures about the disease irrespective of the Boko Haram insurgency.

They were warned to avoid eating food that had been exposed to rat infestation. As from that moment, he knew he would have to live a rodent free life to be free from the disease. When he saw the footage of how people bled to death from the disease, he pledged to be more careful in the future. He promised to be a crusader of a rat free environment. He didn’t know how to do this, but he just had to start from somewhere. Maybe his family would be a good place to start after all, charity begins at home, he thought.

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